01 Jan Irish prospect Ian Garry eyes double Cage Warriors gold before UFC call-up
Just three fights into his pro MMA career, undefeated Irish prospect Ian Garry is already garnering a lot of attention. Despite his lack of experience, he’s already been touted as a potential UFC call-up when the promotion heads back to Dublin.
A seasoned amateur boxer and judo practitioner, the young Dubliner said he’d accept an offer to compete in the octagon at any point. But until then, he still has a lot of goals he wants to accomplish with Cage Warriors.
“There is a little plan in place,” Garry told MMA Fighting’s Eurobash podcast. “I don’t really care about what my record gets to…well, I’m not getting beaten, that’s for sure. Let’s just get that out of the way – it’s not happening. It won’t matter if I’m 5-0, 6-0 or 12-0, [and] it doesn’t matter how fast or slow my career goes. I know I’m going to get [to the UFC]. I want to win that [Cage Warriors] welterweight title. That’s going to happen.”
Garry’s goals aren’t exclusive to one division, however. He said he’d also like to claim a title previously held by Team KF head coach Chris Fields and his stablemate James Webb.
“I’m a big boy – I’m 6-foot-3, and I’m 22 years of age,” he said. “I’m not light, let’s put it that way. I would love to go up. Obviously, depending on how the circumstances are with the welterweight division and who’s at the top of it, I wouldn’t mind going up and challenging for [the middleweight] title and winning that, as well.
“There’s a certain attraction to it with Chris and James having held the middleweight title. I wouldn’t mind moving up and making a little trilogy for the club.”
That being said, the Irish prospect said a call-up to the UFC will trump all title opportunities with Cage Warriors.
“If the UFC comes calling for me when I’m 6-0, and I haven’t won the title, I’m going. That’s the way I look at it: I’m not turning down that opportunity.”
Check out Ian Garry’s debut appearance on Eurobash. It begins at 1:03:00.